This itinerary is perfect for those who will only visit India once, covering the highlights of two of India’s most diverse and popular states; Rajasthan in the north and Kerala in the south. The ever-busy north offers a vibrant bustle of forts, palaces and cities with impressive architecture and quirky markets. In contrast, the relaxed state of Kerala is full of tropical Backwaters, tea plantations and fishing villages. Ending with time on a palm-fringed beach is an ideal way to relax before heading home.
Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal.
Guided tour of the 'Pink City' of Jaipur.
Take a guided jungle walk in Periyar National Park.
Spend the night on a houseboat in the peaceful Keralan Backwaters.
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Day 1 Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, after clearing customs you will be met by our representative and taken to meet your private driver who will transfer you to your hotel. You might have some time at leisure depending on your flight - it's worth asking your hosts to show you to a nearby area where you'll find markets and shops to explore.
Day 2 Delhi
Day 3 Agra
Leave Delhi in good time this morning to travel south to Agra. You can either travel by road with your private driver, or take the train. Depending on the train times, the rail journey can take longer than driving, but it does offer a great experience. You are assisted onto the train and met at the other end by an Audley representative. In the afternoon, take a private guided tour around Agra's sights, such as the impressive Mogul Red Fort. The Red Fort is a great preview to visiting the Taj Mahal in the morning, the two were built during the same period and have much shared history.
Day 4 Jaipur
Get up early this morning for the best views of the Taj Mahal as the sun rises with a private guided tour. Spend time in the Taj's beautiful gardens before heading back to your hotel for breakfast. You will then your journey to Jaipur with your private driver. It's a scenic drive and worth breaking up the drive with a stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a historic capital abandoned when water supplies ran out.
Day 5 Jaipur
Day 6 Barli
Day 7 Barli
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the slow pace of rural Rajasthan. The locals are friendly and welcoming and will be happy to suggest places to visit, or even show you around themselves. Staff at your hotel will also be able to assist and take you on a walking tour of the village, or if you would prefer you could go by bullock & cart.
Day 8 Udaipur
Day 9 Udaipur
Day 10 Cochin
Your driver drops you at the airport in time for your flight to Mumbai this morning, where you'll connect with your onwards flight to Cochin. On arrival you will be met by our local representative who will welcome you to Kerala. You will then be shown to your private driver and transferred to your accommodation.
Day 11 Cochin
Day 12 Munnar
Day 13 Periyar National Park
Day 14 Periyar National Park
Rise early for a guided jungle walk with a local naturalist this morning with a small group of guests from your hotel. Learn about the flora and fauna and keep your eyes peeled for the allusive animals which may be spotted here. This afternoon take a small group tour of a working spice plantation to see how the crops are grown and cultivated.
Day 15 Alleppey
Periyar National Park , Alleppey
Day 16 The Backwaters
Alleppey , The Backwaters
Disembark your houseboat this morning after breakfast. Then drive the short distance to a local homestay where you can relax, get to know your hosts and experience the peaceful Backwaters way of life. You might like to take a walk to the local village with your hosts, or explore the shops and markets.
Day 17 Mararikulam
Day 18 Mararikulam
Today is at your leisure to relax on the beach and unwind. The hotel will also offer local activities and spa treatments if you wanted to book something locally.
Day 19 Return home
Transfer to Cochin Airport this morning. Your driver will drop you off in ample time for your onwards flight.
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